86 Tasting Notes
Always come back to this one as my comfort tea. I’ve been trying to use up some of my other stash but find that this remains my favorite. Even with chocolate teas, I want them to taste like tea. This ones lives up to the name. You can taste the chocolate and the mint while still be reminded it is tea.
I’ve been rationing this tea since Celestial Seasonings has replaced this with Mandarin Orange Spice. Both might be orange spice but I prefer the Tuscany because I like the black tea blend. Often spice teas can over shadow the other flavors but I always enjoyed this combination of the orange flavor while retaining the black tea taste. Too bad this hit the “discontinued” list. But then what do I know - I still miss their “vintage” artistic boxes.
This is very pretty brew as the leaves uncurl. I felt like I was walking into a florist shop as I brought the cup up for the first sip. My son on the other hand started singing the Ricola cough drops commercial. He summed it up as medicinal. I enjoyed this tea a great deal but I think they might have included too many unique flavors in this blend. Some might be put off with all the layers.
After posting on the discussion board about my son eating this tea, I raced into the kitchen to fix a pot of this. We usually drink this in the summer as ice tea but it is fun to switch around sometimes. With so much cold weather, we’ve been drinking a great deal of hot cider so this was a nice change.
On a side note – I love it when a tea becomes more than simply a beverage. Fixing this always floods me with fond memories of my grandfather. The strong aroma when you open the tin reminds me of his pipe tobacco which must have been fruit flavored.